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19 hours, 16 minutes ago 11

 

 

I just got back from a great trip to St. Augustine with Sherelene to visit family and be at my grandson Ben’s high school graduation.  We had a great time as a family being with Scott and Diane, Ben and Hannah and Hannah’s boy friend, Tim.  We got to visit Sherelene’s sister Diane and her husband Ron, it was all swell, except for one thing, and this was not the fault of any of my family members, but something at the graduation, really bothered me a lot!

 

When we first sat down and hour and a half  before the graduation ceremony, there were many hundreds to graduate that day!!!  I started looking through the program, and as at all such celebrations lots of superintendents, principals, board members and other dignitaries each had an address to give.  Then there was the Senior officers, the Valedictorian and Salutatorian.  It was a long affair to be sure, but I noticed looking at the program, they sang the alma matter, they recited the pledge allegiance to the flag, they sang Star Spangled Banner, but no invocation?!  I kept waiting for one of the many speakers to give some thanks to God, but He was not mentioned.  Finally the principal gave his talk and used the nickel as his reference, he talked about all the things written and displayed on the nickel and their meaning to the graduating class, I got excited, I kept waiting, surely this guy would mention that right on the coin it said , “In God We Trust”?  Nope everything on a nickel was described, except that!!!!

 

O.K. I understand it was a big diverse school and not all the students were part of my faith.  I’m sure it would have made the ceremony three times longer if every faith was represented and God only knows, today, you can’t offend anyone!

 

I sat there feeling a great deal of pride in my grandson and a great deal of worry about the world he and my other grandchildren are about to go out into.  We have become so politically correct that we have chosen that rather than complicate matters, we’ve decided, “let’s just eliminate God from our lives!” If we don’t someone may get upset.

 

I’m sorry but I can’t deal with that kind of solution to an over sensitive, self indulgent society that says,  ”don’t bother me with things I don’t accept or believe in!”  I think everyone has the right and is permitted to believe and practice those beliefs as they so desire, even God has told us that He will not force Himself on us, we have that free choice.  What I hate is that those of us that do believe, that do want to honor our God, that do feel those wonderful young people are a great gift to us, from our Heavenly Father, are expected to sit on our hands rather than upset someone else.  I don’t believe in and honor God to upset people, that has nothing to do with my faith walk.

 

I know…… I’m old and old fashioned.  I grew up when prayers were given before football games by local pastor, when teams prayed before and after a game, when schools had “Christmas plays” and sang Christmas Carols.  I can remember when we said Merry Christmas to everyone, Happy Easter, and when we stopped to pray for families on Memorial Day and evoked God’s  love on other holidays.

 

I don’;t want to offend others, I really don’t and I take no pleasure in saying anything that may ruffle someone’s feathers, but I’m kind tired of having my feathers ruffled too!

 

So here is what I’m going to do, I’m going to express God’s love in all the ways I can, be helpful, honor others, pray for them, and offer a helping hand.  I’m going to continue to wish others a Merry Christmas, and say Praise God, and Bless you!  I’m going to live my faith as it come naturally.  Not to bug anyone, but because I truly am glad to be an American, a Christian, and be so Blessed in the life He has given me.. Why?  Because my mother and father taught me to be thankful and always say thank you!

 

Thank You God, I still believe in you and I’m not ashamed to say it!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

5 days, 14 hours ago 2

If you’re ever in Jacksonville and are hankering for a good burger I can highly recommend a new chain called Burger Fi.  I went with Sherelene and My son Scott and daughter in law Diane to try them tonight and it was a smashing success.  5 Pickles!!!!  K.J. Matthews cooked up a superb burger for us and the manager Ben Nyssen took extra good care of us as well.  This burger joint has great fries, onion rings and I will go back again soon and checkout some of the other menu items!

 

It is rare to find a 5 Pickle burger but this one was worth every pickle!  They are located at 108 Riverside Ave. in Jacksonville, Florida.

 

Thanks guys for a great evening!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

6 days, 12 hours ago 6

 

 

After the Olympic Fuji Workshop Jack and I spent part of a day in Seattle shooting the sights.  No trip to Seattle is complete without a walk through the Pike’s Market!  It is a fun walk and lot of color and textures to capture.  Above, across the street from Pikes’ Market is Taxi Dogs and while I’m not a street shooter, I enjoyed trying to capture the store front with a customer coming by,  thanks Mam for carrying a red purse!!!!

 

Lots of interesting things for sale, here are a few of my favorites from the X PRO 2, which I continue to fall deeper in love with!!!!!  It’ such a spontaneous shooting expereince!

 

 

 

Interesting place, interesting subjects!

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

1 week ago 4

 

 

I was struck this past week as I walked the trails of Olympic National Park and found a world of beauty beyond compare down to the tiniest detail!  Focusing on the minute part of the creation once again revealed to me the awesome power of our God!  As I rested this morning with Sherelene and we listened to our daily devotional from In Touch Ministires it was the very lesson I needed to put together the thoughts of this past week!

 

 

Phillippians 4:11-13

 

11 Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.

 

12 I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.

 

13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.  

 

 

Success is often hard to define. Our human eyes see it in the financial gain of a businessman, the fame of a celebrity, and the exceptional ability of an athlete. In any field, we generally equate success with fame, money, and power.

 

If these were truly the way to measure, then we could never call the apostle Paul “successful.” Was he famous? In his lifetime, he was actually infamous; Paul was a notorious troublemaker among the Jews and strict Roman rulers.

 

Was he wealthy? As a leader among the Jews, he most likely was. However, when Jesus Christ called him to spread the gospel to the world, his financial status changed quickly. He lived the rest of his life as an itinerant preacher, supporting himself on missionary journeys by making tents.

 

Was he admirable? In the eyes of the world, he was simply a strange, brash preacher of a new gospel. He was in and out of prison, often unimpressive in appearance, and the victim of an unspecified ailment. (See 2 Cor. 12:7.)

 

But was he powerful? In his own strength, Paul was just as weak as any other man. He said of himself, “For the good that I want, I do not do, but I practice the very evil that I do not want” (Rom. 7:19). However, Paul had access to the most amazing power the world had ever known: Jesus Christ. In the face of weakness, he exclaimed, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13).

 

That very same power is available to you today. Praise God for making you a success through His Son, Jesus Christ.

 

 

It is that same power that made an intricate fern that can bring power and meaning to our lives.  What are we living for?  What meaning is there to our existence?  I believe it is to seek Him, and to serve Him, and to bring others into His loving presence, all else is meaningless.

 

Blessings,

 

the pilgrim

 

Sincere thanks to Carl Turner for a much appreciated, and treasured, word from God this morning!!!!!  The greatest gift from God is His Son Jesus and our families, and brothers and sisters in Him!